All posts tagged "Lean"

  • Henry Ford: America’s First Lean Champion
    Henry Ford: America’s First Lean Champion

    "The ordinary way of doing business is not the best way." This statement gets right at the heart of the kind of thinking that drove the success of Ford Motor Company in the early part of the...

    • Posted June 19, 2018
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  • Demand Driven Education
    Workforce Development News – June 18, 2018

    This week: Demand Driven Education, Perfect Storm for the Manufacturing Workforce, Healthcare Jobs and the Great Recession, Nontraditional Pathways Can Lead Workers to Good Jobs, Improve Before Automating Your Company’s Processes, Get the Outcome You Want Every...

    • Posted June 18, 2018
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  • Quit Complaining!
    Quit Complaining!

    “We’re getting too many complaints in our suggestion box, I’m taking it down.” When managers personalize "complaints," or don't spend time on the floor listening to line workers on their ideas to improve work processes, it's a...

    • Posted June 6, 2018
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  • Knee-Jerk Management
    Knee-Jerk Management

    Knee-Jerk Management may feel good in the heat of battle but the anger or frustration or pain that triggers its use returns all too quickly and is more intense the second time around. There is only one...

    • Posted May 23, 2018
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  • The False Allure of Punishment
    The False Allure of Punishment

    The “punish ‘em when they’re not doing the right thing” mentality exists in far too many organizations despite the fact that it is a demonstrably ineffective way of driving improved performance. Given the ineffectiveness of the “punish...

    • Posted April 19, 2018
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  • Anger, Respect, and Productivity
    Anger, Respect, and Productivity

    Showing respect for workers makes all the difference in worker attitudes and product quality. And why is showing respect for workers of such supreme importance? Because not showing respect triggers anger (that great enemy of productivity and...

    • Posted April 5, 2018
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  • Yogi Berra: Lean Management Guru
    Yogi Berra: Lean Management Guru

    Yogi knew that if he wanted to improve his hitting he had to move far beyond blaming himself. He had to carefully analyze, with the help of coaches, all aspects of his work process, hitting a baseball....

    • Posted March 20, 2018
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  • Being Blinded by Machine Utilization Rate
    Being Blinded by Machine Utilization Rate

    We build more than our customer needs just to not waste production capacity. It’s magical thinking and it’s intoxicating. And thinking this way has a direct, negative impact on profitability. So what are some steps that can...

    • Posted February 21, 2018
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  • Nick Foles by Sgt. Kyle Richardson (DVIDS) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
    Nick Foles, Second-Stringer, Delivers for the Eagles

    So what’s to be learned from this workplace called the Super Bowl? What’s to be learned about driving championship performance in any workplace, be it a factory, a corporate office, a warehouse, or a hospital? There are...

    • Posted February 8, 2018
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  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training
    Enroll Now for Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training

    Whether you are a member of a quality team, a quality manager, or desire to obtain a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt noncredit certification for your own professional development, this course is appropriate for you. Program highlights...

    • Posted January 23, 2018
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